NOTE: While the trainer is an NRA Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor, the Online classes offered on this site are not affiliated with the NRA in any fashion. They are offered exclusively by:
METALLIC CARTRIDGE RELOADING CLASSES!
…now available, hosted by Certified Metallic Cartridge Reloading Instructor, Joel Guerin. Anyone may register for any single class individually or for all seven classes to complete the entire course. Students can register for classes at the dates and times that fit his or her schedule.
FORMAT: All courses are live and will be limited to 10 participants to allow for questions and answers. Each class consists of 60-90 minutes of live instruction.
COST: Single classes are available individually at a cost of $12.50 per class, if purchased individually. Anyone may register for any individual class, subject to availability, or register for the entire 7-class course in advance. Registrants for the entire course will be charged a one-time fee of $70. Anyone who registers and pays for the entire course will be allowed to take a free, optional 8th class (see #7 below) and will also be sent a free advanced copy of “Things They Don’t Tell You About Reloading,” written by the instructor, an additional $20 value! This book is the most comprehensive book for beginners and covers reloading in detail including chapters on components, equipment, and all of the steps necessary to safely reload metallic cartridges for both rifles and handguns.
OUTLINE OF THE SEVEN CLASSES AVAILABLE:
1. CASES: Styles (Berdan vs. Boxer), handgun/rifle, shapes and head styles, sourcing, quality, trimming (rifle/handgun), cleanliness, chamfering/deburring, primer pockets, cleaners, headspace, and military crimps.
2. POWDER, BULLETS, AND PRIMERS: A detailed overview of components.
Powder: Forms, metering, burn rate, temperature sensitivity, volume, disposal
Bullets: Jacketed, cast, plated, powder coated, solids
Primers: Rifle/Pistol in Small, Large, Magnum, Match, and substitutions (effect on pressures and burn rates)
Storage and handling considerations: SAAMI and NFPA
3. EQUIPMENT: Necessary vs. optional equipment to get started
Dies: Handgun and Rifle. Various materials including carbide, tool steel, and other
Presses: Single stage, turret, and progressive
Primers: On-press and off. Both one-at-a-time and continuous
Scales: Beam, digital. Includes a review of accuracy and calibration/check weights
Lubes: Types, styles, applications
Accessories: For chamfering/deburring, primer pocket swaging/truing, stuck case removers, bullet pullers, powder trickles, powder scoops, etc.
4. PRIMERS AND PRIMING: A detailed review of primers and priming, including a discussion of handling, chain ignitions, priming both on- and off-press. Construction of primers and proper priming techniques, including hand-primers, reservoirs, flip trays, filling primer tubes, safety, handing, storage, and disposal
5. LOAD DEVELOPMENT:
Minimums vs. maximums
Signs of excessive pressure
Signs of head space problems
Developing a load (jacketed vs. cast)
Case: brand, sorting, headstamps, mixed
Primers: substitutions in loads
6. POWDER MEASURING:
On- and off-press
Balance beam vs. digital
Powder measures vs. hand-weighing
7. ACTUAL RELOADING: An actual reloading session from start to finish. Will be divided into two sessions, one for pistol and one for rifle. The registrant can select which class he or she wishes to take. Students who have purchased the entire 7-class course will be allowed to take both, for a total of 8 classes!